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Français : Olympique de Marseille - RC Strasbo...

Français : Olympique de Marseille – RC Strasbourg, vu de la tribune Ganay le 6 mai 2006 au Stade Vélodrome de Marseille (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Entrée du Stade Vélodrome de Marseille

Entrée du Stade Vélodrome de Marseille (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tribune du Stade Velodrome lors de OM-OL

Tribune du Stade Velodrome lors de OM-OL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marseille

Marseille (Photo credit: -eko-)

Soccer in the South — OM vs Reims – Velodrome Stade  _ Marseille

This is about sports.  I’m an unlikely person to talk about sports because , well, I’m awful at it.  And the really amazing thing is that my son is a coach/ now athletic director for a highschool, my other son has started running and where they got this is certainly not from me.  Nor from their dad.  (Sorry Elwood), although I will say he had the passion for sports.

THat’s what I saw in living color yesterday – huge passion, at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.  Awesome passion.  It is a  bonafide crazy, fou fou, maniacal, fiercely energetic French football game

Now, I’m not going to discuss the plays, or anything, because I’m far from qualified but I’m really good at reading people, and these people were downright fou fou (crazy) for their team and their game.  It was to see.    I’m not going to discuss the ending in depth because I’m a Pollyanna feel good  kind of person and need to keep the discussion positive.

What was absolutely lovely tonight was that the fans were amazingly french, loyal beyond loyal, and loud beyond loud.  Also , despite their intensity, they are sensitive enough to notice that the old person behind them is not able to stand on the bleacher seats and is trying to peer through their shoulders at the game.  When they see that, they both move over 2 seats so that they can afford the old lady a complete unobstructed view.  I was the “old lady” – but they didn’t know that……..I know that I’m not really old, but since they were like 18 – I’m sure I must have “seemed” old.
Was that not beautiful or what?

Yes, fans – at a soccer game in Marseille do not sit – at all – during the 2  + hour game.  They STAND    Fans  Fans in the stand

They also do not imbibe in Beer.  Beer is not sold, not are any spirts as a game in Marseille.  Some do – – many do smoke………but that’s the extent of their vices.

There are food items, but most are not eating.  They’re yelling instead.

They did lose to Reims , yes, but the fans – as much as they acted as if they would DIE for their team what with all the hoopla yelling and though so disappointed, they were out at the cafe’s talking and having a drink for their normal hour or so FACETIME with friends afterwards.  If you want to know EXACTLY what went wrong, you need to be at these cafes.  This is where things like this are discussed.  But you need to know French.
I’m going back.  Addicted already I am.   To the PASSION.  (And the game is fast and that ball is controlled beautifully)

“CAN YOU PLEASE HOLD THE BUS, MY MUM IS RUNNING……………..”

 

While running to the bus (19)  after our cafe time with friends, Sandrine had to run for

the BUS 19.   I couldn’t run because of my bad knees.  DO you know what she said?

She told the bus driver, ‘Oh, please wait, my mum is coming!”   The bus driver says, “well, where is she, I can’t stay here long”   – – – OH Sandrine says, “She’s almost here.”

(I wasn’t ) But he did wait. When he saw me , I said, Oh MERCI, MERCI BEAUCOUP -” J’ai une mal genou!!!  Merci merci  (I have bad knees, thank you thank you)”

ooooohh la la – – I turned to Sandrine while we walked to the back and said to her, Sandrine, that was so nice , – thank you so much for doing that.  But do not EVER call me your mum again, EVER! “   😉

Français : Bus RTM, ligne 83 en direction du R...

Français : Bus RTM, ligne 83 en direction du Rond-Point du Prado. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

IMG_2445Sandrinand her Mr Bean car – for David…..?

Sun setting on Marseille at new  angle

Sun setting on Marseille at new angle

 

This Video Uses Jelly Beans To Show You How Much You’re Wasting Your Life (Video) | Elite Daily

This Video Uses Jelly Beans To Show You How Much You’re Wasting Your Life (Video) | Elite Daily.

▶After 3 babies & advancing age & gravity – it’s time! – Stomach Exercises For Women: Ball Sit Ups – YouTube

▶ Stomach Exercises For Women: Ball Sit Ups – YouTube.

thanks Alison!!!

…and we thought those great foods could only be found across the pond

New Food Capitals: American-Made Foreign Foods – Zagat.

Game Day – Football, French Style

IMG_2415Chateauneuf les Martiques  vs. Frejus  – White  vs  blue team
IMG_2417 my first soccer game!  Yeah!   (It’s a complicated game for me to understand) but just watching them is amazingly funIMG_2426 IMG_2439_2 IMG_2440 My good friend Sandrine – she’s a soccer fool – and loves to watch Marseille play in the 2nd biggest Stade in France (Marseille Stade)IMG_2441 IMG_2445 Sandrine found a car for David !! A “Mr Bean Car” with the British flag on top.   How cute is this?IMG_2447IMG_2436 The FREJUS team was professional. They played Chateauneuf les Martigues, an unprofessional team.  Had they won, they would have been moved from Divison 3 to Divison 2 and could continue to play.  The score was 2 – 1  – Frejus won, but Chateauneuf gave them a great fightIMG_2437 IMG_2438

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You can tell it’s Fall in Marseille – when……….

Fall fruits

Fall fruits

The cheese man decorates his wheels of cheese with autumn leaves

The cheese man decorates his wheels of cheese with autumn leaves

the macaroons have a autumy look about them

the macaroons have a autumy look about them

visiting Pavillion M is kind of sparse now that the tourists have left
visiting Pavillion M is kind of sparse now that the tourists have left

Vineyards are changing colors

Vineyards are changing colors

It's scarf weather now

It’s scarf weather now

Leaves falling in gutter

Leaves falling in gutter

it's boot weather

it’s boot weather

it's windy

it’s windy

Sun setting on Marseille at new  angle

Sun setting on Marseille at new angle

Time for new hairstyle

Time for new hairstyle

IT's SO NICE to really ENJOY the Fall cause political strife does not interfere with the simple things of life that make the world go 'round

IT’s SO NICE to really ENJOY the Fall cause political strife does not interfere with the simple things of life that make the world go ’round

Is there some dissension in America or something?

Especially for my cousin Bob, who appreciates stuff like this – in all this chaos going on…………..over there

Letters from Marseille

Well, heard through the grapevine, or better yet, the very calm French news, only by SEARCHING for it, in newspapers and the internet, that things are a bit in turmoil over there, the land of the

American Dream.  Yes. Well,

I’d just like to take this opportunity to post these lovely pieces of currency.  Do you know what this currency represents?

Yes, it is the MONEY paid back to me for quite a few doctor’s appointments in the year 2013.  Not that the doctor’s appointments were that expensive to shell out for anyway, and yes, the FRENCH DO have (their own insurance plans ) along with their “socialized medicine”.  But what you pay out to your DOCTOR,  – no,  NOT his receptionist, nor his fleet of office workers, nor in the palatial freshly wallpapered office with the fancy paintings, no, here,  here in France, you pay the cash…

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Revocation of Independence

touché

itzhakts

In a fit of anger her majesty Queen Elizabeth II issued the following letter to the citizens of United States of America

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In light of your failure to financially manage yourselves and inability to effectively govern yourselves responsibly, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up ‘revocation’ in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David William Donald Cameron, will appoint a Governor for the former United States of America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated sometime next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the…

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Is there some dissension in America or something?

Well, heard through the grapevine, or better yet, the very calm French news, only by SEARCHING for it, in newspapers and the internet, that things are a bit in turmoil over there, the land of the

American Dream

American Dream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

American Dream.  Yes. Well,

I’d just like to take this opportunity to post these lovely pieces of currency.  Do you know what this currency represents?

EUROS paid back to our bank account, to which I took out and bought myself some clothes, so i put it BACK in the economy.....making everyone, including moi, very happy

EUROS paid back to our bank account, to which I took out and bought myself some clothes, so i put it BACK in the economy…..making everyone, including moi, very happy

Yes, it is the MONEY paid back to me for quite a few doctor’s appointments in the year 2013.  Not that the doctor’s appointments were that expensive to shell out for anyway, and yes, the FRENCH DO have (their own insurance plans ) along with their “socialized medicine”.  But what you pay out to your DOCTOR,  – no,  NOT his receptionist, nor his fleet of office workers, nor in the palatial freshly wallpapered office with the fancy paintings, no, here,  here in France, you pay the cash to HIM, in HIS hand, in his small  office, and he does all the “paperwork.”   Then a few weeks later – voila!  It’s back in your bank account.

I just thought I’d share the evils of socialized medicine.   🙂

It works  quite well, actually.

 

Long Live OBAMA CARE people!   :-0

 

 

🙂

The Antithesis of Train Travel vs. Air Travel

The antithesis of Train Travel vs.  Air Travel 

        In Europe

We’re in the zone now.  I mean totally in the zone.   We have just stepped off a train and we talk, aimlessly wandering toward the next train, not even aware of people, luggage and SIGNS, because we KNOW our way towards the next VOIE, or PLATFORM,  toward our next train and our apartment in Cassis –  YES! – totally relaxed and in the ZONE.

in our element - bye to Paris

in our element – bye to Paris

TGV Travel

TGV Travel

The airport however, is a different animal.

Flying

Flying

I’m uptight and tightly wound as a wringer washer, ready to spit out commands of going here, going there,(what DO the signs really mean and why are the ARROWS pointing DOWN when they really mean that you continue straight ahead??!! – )  navigating the maze,  and ready for a fight with the ticket agent.   The airport is full of fast walking people.  The bags are ONE  only (to each passenger)  and on rollers and moving with their owners creating a continuous hum on the gigantic terrazzo floor.

The agents on the perimeter  steer you to the appropriate counter.    You wait in line.  You know what is coming.  You KNOW that you have  1) too heavy a bag and 2) and extra bag.  These are the sins of the airline traveler.   You will pay dearly for that 1) overweight bag and 2) especially the extra bag.   You will take out hundreds of euros to accomplish this, because you have no choice, you had to pack heavy as you are going home.    My friend Gudrun, does this airline agent work for a living with an US based  Airline in America.   She’s a pro.

I told her she would have to pay extra and gave her the money to do so. Especially on this particular airline.   Both of our “things” were in these bags, and yes, she did pack them, she didn’t accept anything from a stranger, and no, she couldn’t combine one bag into the other and save the extra expenses.

But she did open her mouth and out came something, I’m not sure what, a promise of her firstborn child, a room with a view in sunny Florida for the said agent shaking her head profusely  regarding the “extra & heavy bags”, or that my friend was just  sweet and charming and smiled and laughed…….AND,  for some really untold and unbelievable reason, the agent with this OTHER airline,  of which I shall not name, SAID that she would speak to the “higher powers that be” and lo and behold – it     was     doneDONE. !!    This is now my favorite airline.  She is my favorite new old friend.

I stood there with my mouth open.   I froze and forgot to take a photo even of this most unbelievable event.  Of this ANGEL OF MERCY who allowed these 2 – and very heavy bags to proceed on the belt, towards the baggage drop towards the waiting airliner that would soon cross the ocean.

Amazed

and

confused

and

happier than I can even write.     This NEVER   NEVER   happens.  Yes, This is now my favorite airline. (& Ofcourse, it’s French. Why else would I love it?)

That was a good experience.  But you know what is even better. ???

Heading for the SNCF TGV (Fast Train) where just walking among the train travelers is – well – extremely ZEN-like.  It’s hard to explain.

This is NOT an airport. Really

This is NOT an airport. Really!

There’s no big security lines, big machines checking every single bag for every single water bottle, or deodorant that must be thrown out, there is no one TOUCHING you, let alone giving you an X-rated MASSAGE to make sure you’re not carrying a gun or knife and the people around you, there’s no shoe removal & catching god knows what from that floor of millions of other’s bare feet.  So,  I urge you, next time your trip takes you by train – – –  watch them…….watch the folks,  they ACTUALLY have time to sit for their train, relaxed enough to let the dogs out and yes, even SLEEP on THEM, …..

Sleeping on the dog

Sleeping on the dog

then unlike cattle, climb into the train, take a seat, sleep,

Ahhhhh, the good sleep

Ahhhhh, the good sleep

read,

The best read

The best read

watch the gorgeous scenery,

Another room with a view

Another room with a view

eat leisurely, in your seat or in the dining car

Dining car

Dining car

repeat…….

 

Your train now comes into the station.   There is no mad rush to storm it. ………people civilly approach the steps and take their seats.  The dining car is stocking up with unbelievable tasty food.  The drinks are pouring in  – you can’t wait to enjoy imbibing  during your incredibly beautiful ride, and you pack your suitcases in (really whatever you can carry yourself is just fine), sit in the wide and luxurious seat and take a snooze.   When you wake up you play a game of cards on your lovely large table with a soft lamp, you talk, you look out the window at the meadows,  provencal farms, cows, sheep coming into your view and luxuriate in the peace of the entire travel. It’s mesmerizing   You get up , you don’t have to squeeze through the aisle to go to the toilet, and it’s wide and spacious inside that little room.

There’s even a dryer for your hands.

Then it’s time to eat (somewhere in the middle of your travel,) and the dining car becomes your next “event”.   The train steward helping with the provisions has a lovely menu out for the passengers.  He treats these items that (basically are only heated)  with such attentiveness and care that you think that he thinks he’s an actual CHEF.   He discusses the pros and cons of the “Sandwich de la moment” – (sandwich of the day) vs. the Croque Monsieur (a hot cheesy delight of a sandwich).  He tells you he will bring out to you  & place on your table, the “hot chocolate cake” once it is at the exact temperature you , ofcourse,  would expect it to be.  He also expounds on the particular wine bottle you are eyeing and tells you the benefits of that year as though he were a seasoned Sommelier.     You sit and enjoy your “sandwich of the moment” , your fresh carrot salad, and your husband enjoys his croque monsieur while watching cows in the fields, old church steeples, hills, mountains and valleys gliding past your very large window.   A room with a view (again).

Room with a View

Room with a View

A lovely no-stress environment.   You don’t want the train to end.  Honestly, you do not.   It’s so unbelievably lovely, quiet, conducive to talking with your neighbor/partner/friend, or to not talk at all.    It is a little bit of heaven.

Everytime we come into Marseille from Paris I turn to my husband and tell him I do not want to get off.   So I’m one of those that never rushes the door, because I like my seat, I like this train and if I were younger, I would probably try and get a job here.   🙂

That’s my story of TRAIN TRAVEL  and why I’m crazy for the TGV.

Don’t even think that traveling AMTRACK in the U.S. is remotely close, because, – (don’t even get me started) because, unfortunately, it is not, and you might as well take a plane.

The train – the TGV – in EUROPE (anyway) is the way to travel here, bar none.

FYI – if you are going to be in France, are 60 years of age, staying  for 1 plus week and using the train a lot, get  one of these senior discount cards and you’ll save 40% on all fares. Plus, you can go first class for a few extra euros.

TGV SENIOR DISCOUNT

TGV SENIOR DISCOUNT

great travel

great travel

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Our next train travel?   Well, it’s ITALY, if you must inquire.  We’re very excited.

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